5 criteria for selecting the best flattering Lingerie & underwear

How to select the best lingerie for your body, to enhance body-proportions and even to hide a belly

Lingerie (pronounced lanzhuh-ree) is a French word that encompasses what we wear inside our clothes including, underwear, legwear and slimwear, as well as sleepwear – of the glamorous variety. The kind that transforms you into a special, sexy, sensual diva from the inside, as well as outside.

The term ‘Lingerie’ encompasses all of the undergarments and sleepwear with an alluring and attractive label. Nothing plain or staid about any of the underwear or sleepwear that you call by the name lingerie. They make you feel good, to say the least. This can include other than sexy bras and panties, baby doll nightgowns, full coverage nighties, beautiful wraps, robes and kimonos and the cami and boy shorts.

girl wearing pretty lingerie

5 tips to select the best Lingerie you can find

Fit is the prime criterion

You will find a lot of sexy lingerie in the market; they may look tempting. But never buy anything that does not fit. A well fitted bra and a good comfortable panty are the first things you should find if you are in for a lingerie makeover and then buy more of them in the same brand. 

No one wants to display miss-shapened flesh but most of us have some of that.

Which lingerie can hide a belly? Which lingerie to buy if you have love-handles or a flabby tummy?

If you have love-handles or a flabby tummy you may want to buy a waist-cinching panty that will hold the belly in place and smoothens the love handles.You can consider the following lingerie if yoy want to hide a belly.

High-Waisted Panties: Opt for high-waisted panties that provide coverage and support around the midsection. These panties typically have a higher rise, extending above the belly button, which helps smooth and flatten the stomach area.

Shapewear: Shapewear, such as control briefs or shaping camisoles, can help shape and streamline the waist and belly area. Look for shapewear that offers medium to firm control for the desired level of smoothing and support.

Body Shapers: Body shapers are similar to shapewear but provide coverage for the entire torso. They can help create a sleeker silhouette by compressing and shaping the belly, waist, and back areas. Choose a body shaper that targets the specific areas you want to smooth out.

Tummy-Control Bras: Some bras come with built-in tummy-control panels or extra coverage around the midsection. These bras provide support and help create a smoother appearance under clothing, particularly if you’re wearing fitted tops.

A-Line Babydolls or Chemises: A-line babydolls or chemises can be flattering options if you want to draw attention away from the belly. These styles typically have a looser, flowing fit that skims over the midsection, providing a comfortable and flattering silhouette.

Which lingerie to buy if you are wearing tight clothes?

When wearing a tight-fitting dress you want undergarments that will not show obvious lines and curves – I mean those dreaded visible panty lines and bulges of flesh poking out of ill fitting bras.

Seamless Underwear: Opt for seamless underwear that has no visible lines or seams. Look for styles like seamless panties or thongs that are made from smooth and stretchy materials. These underwear options provide a seamless and comfortable fit, ensuring no visible lines or bumps under tight clothing.

Laser-Cut Panties: Laser-cut panties are designed with precision laser technology to create clean, seamless edges. Seamless underwear is made using traditional sewing methods, which can leave behind small seams that may be visible under tight clothing but these are specifically made to eliminate any visible panty lines. These panties have no elastic or seams along the leg openings, resulting in a smooth and invisible look under tight clothes.

Shapewear Shorts or Briefs: Shapewear shorts or briefs can provide a smooth and streamlined silhouette under tight clothing. These garments typically offer light to medium shaping and have a seamless construction. They help to smooth out any lumps or bumps, giving you a more polished look.

T-Shirt Bras: T-Shirt bras are a great option for tight tops or dresses. They are designed with smooth, molded cups that offer a seamless appearance under clothing. Look for T-Shirt bras with lightly padded cups to provide a smooth shape without adding bulk.

Nude or Skin-Tone Lingerie: If you have a choice between white or nude, always choose nude. Choosing lingerie in nude or skin-tone shades can help create a seamless look under tight clothing. These colors blend with your natural skin tone, minimizing the visibility of undergarments.

Silicone Nipple Covers: If you’re wearing tight clothing without a bra or prefer not to have any visible lines, silicone nipple covers can be a good option.

When wearing a tight-fitting dress you want undergarments that will not show obvious lines and curves – I mean those dreaded visible panty lines and bulges of flesh poking out of ill fitting bras. Wearing lingerie that fits you perfectly can give you a boost of confidence. When you feel comfortable, supported, and attractive in your undergarments, it positively affects how you carry yourself and interact with others. It helps you maintain a more upright and confident posture throughout the day.

Related posts: How to buy a bra : 10 criteria ; “What bra size am I?” 

Buy lingerie with purpose in mind

This goes without saying. It is like this – For exercising you need a different undergarment from what you would wear for sleeping or under a backless gown.


When shopping for sleepwear, decide on whether you want to feel desirable or you just want to sleep undisturbed. Lingerie need not be just revealing to make you look sensual.

Which lingerie to wear under flimsy Tshirts?

Smooth and seamless foam cups are necessary under flimsy Tshirts and tops.

Which lingerie to wear under strapless dresses ?

Strapless bras or bustiers are needed under illusion necklines and strapless dresses.Other options in lingerie are

Convertible Bra: A convertible bra comes with detachable straps. You can remove the straps to wear under strapless clothes.

Stick-On Bras or Adhesive Bras: Stick-on bras, also known as adhesive bras or backless bras, are ideal for strapless dresses or ones with low or open backs. These bras have adhesive cups that stick directly to your skin, providing support and coverage without any visible straps.

Bustier or Corset: For a more structured and supportive option, you can consider wearing a bustier or corset underneath your strapless dress. These garments extend beyond the bust and often have boning or underwire to provide extra support and shaping. Bustiers or corsets can give a flattering silhouette and help create a smooth appearance under the dress.

Convertible Bra Accessories: If you already have a well-fitting bra but want to wear it with a strapless dress, you can use bra accessories like clear or detachable straps, bra converters, or low-back bra extenders. These accessories allow you to refashion your existing bra to wear with a strapless dress.

Choose quality over quantity

When you cannot afford a lot of lingerie, buy what you can within your budget, but of good quality because they will last. If you buy cheap, before long you will have to deal with frayed elastic, cut underwire poking out, hooks coming out, worn gussets (panty), misshapen bra cups, torn and hanging lace trims. 

Opt for comfort and support over price or style

This is related to fit again. A fashionable in-trend lingerie may not be the best fit for you for obvious reasons. All the lingerie that you buy should be comfortable to wear and support you in all the right places. If it costs you a little bit more, rest assured that you will not regret it in long term. 

A balconette-style bra is a must-buy for those who need support. You can also choose underwire for extra support and pushup. Black nylon stockings can make your legs look super slick and slim.

If you have skin allergies, choose natural fabrics like cotton and silk.  Lace may look super sexy, but it is not for those with ample curves. Lace on its own is not supporting enough – though it looks beautiful on the mannequin.

Choose colors that suit you

A color that suits the model on the website may look horrible on you – I am always tempted to buy this way, so I am assuming that you are too.

Know your colors and then buy the best colors. Just like it does with outer clothes, some colors can make you look washed out. But this depends on what kind of lingerie you are shopping for.

White, ivory, and nude are the most preferred colors for undergarments. Nude color undergarments go well under most outer clothes. Red is a color that attracts the eye and most people look good in red. This is the reason why red lingerie is an all time favorite buy.

Related post : What color suits you best

Love yourself and buy the best Lingerie

I do not have to tell you why you need to love yourself. In all the strife and tension that surrounds the world today, one way to pep yourself and rise above all this is to feel love for what you are and recognize the need to indulge yourself, a little at least every day.

Reading a favorite book, losing yourself to meditation for a few minutes, dancing to a favorite tune, and wearing a piece of beautiful lingerie are things I can suggest.  

You feel good about yourself, when what you wear inside is as good or even better than what you wear outside. Lingerie is long established as the ammunition a girl uses to feel confident. If you love yourself, you will buy the best lingerie that you can afford.

Related posts : How to take care of lingerie; Sew a Lingerie wash bag; Types of hosiery ; List of Undergarments. 

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